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Lehigh Valley RR K5B Pacific by markkarvon Lehigh Valley RR K5B Pacific by markkarvon
Known as "The Route of the Black Diamond" the Lehigh Valley Railroad was a northeastern line known primarily for hauling hard, pure anthracite coal which made up the backbone of its traffic. The railroad di feature several crack passenger trains and "The John Wilkes" was one. The train was pulled by a streamlined 4-6-2 pacific locomotive which was styled by famed industrial designer Otto Kuhler. Although a similar locomotive pulled the lines flagship "Black Diamond" train, the streamlined design was one of a kind. This print shows "The John Wilkes" in operation circa 1939, its inaugural year.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Live that Pacific! (Still partial to their 4-4-0 camel backs though)
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a cool one!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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amiga-32 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Never seen that one , it looks spectacular
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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amiga-32 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
your welcome
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Boy, those were the days! Wish I could have been around back then to witness iconic machines like this in operation.

And even more than that, this is a scene of a lost part of our culture. Gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing. :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. There were so many new a futuristic looking designs. It is a fascinating period.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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zippy5 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
This shows why this and the "Black Diamond" were known as "the most hansome trains on earth".
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This has a very Flash Gordon feel to it.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess it does.
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
This was a beautiful streamlined design by Herr Kuhler, but like so many of his designs, it was scrapped in haste without regard for preservation. I am, however, thankful for artists who bring the spirits of these engines back to life.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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retromaniak Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Brilliant work, I love everything about this picture, a wonderful era and style gone now in this world.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconslowdog294:
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Perfecto.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gracias.
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:iconslowdog294:
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Bienvenido. :D
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:icontimekeeper9:
Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Gorgeous! Why can't we have beautiful things like this today?
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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samreevesphoto Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Beautifully done Mark. That 4-6-2 is a pleasure to the eye.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Sam.
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krigl Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Imagine 'it had been decided' to never use electric or diesel locomotives. I wonder what steam trains would like like now.... stunning design, and beautifully painted, as always.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Electric traction didn't replace very many steamers. Hudson River tunnels for instance. Still like steam more though.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. They might look alot like the steam tubines such as the C&O M-1 or Norfolk & Western's "Jawn Henry".
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:iconkrigl:
krigl Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Amazing and monstrous machines... shame they didn't work too well.
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Oh geez! What a beauty!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Lyle.
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lukem78 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the background on this one mate, as well as the locomotive itself. I would really like to see you do a BR52 Kriegslok (in camo) in heavy rain.......

Lovely work as ever!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Luke. I like the old German steamers but I have to paint what sells in the US. This one is part of a four locomotive set I am doing for a client.
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lukem78 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair point! Can't blame me for trying though - perhaps one day I'll give it a go! Looking forward to seeing the completed set!
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is absolutely amazing. Wow, this looks like a photo!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconacela:
acela Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Excellent work.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconkaranua:
karanua Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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ExevaloN Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
They don't make'em like these anymore. Such an awesome design. Raymond Loewy designed one also that looked quite sleek and advanced looking.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfus, Otto Kuhler, they were the big names of the day.
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Noendinwhenever Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Great detail and great work!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
and another great piece of beauty from you guys
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
is that line still there?
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Parts of the trackage still exists but the Lehigh Valley Railroad is no more. The trackage was part of Conrail after the collapse of Penn Central. I think it is part of CSX now.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Another work of art commemorating another work of art.
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